I don't know why I think of gangs as a particularly American phenomenon. They're not, as this picture of graffiti in Santiago Atitlan (Guatemala) shows. Then again, a lot of the gangs in Central America form in California, so I'm not totally off in this case.
This photo is part of a brilliant article on the poor showing in the polls by Nobel Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchu. Was it the fact that she's female? Or an unengaging speaker? Or that she was perceived as too soft on crime? Maybe it was just that she's Mayan, and 2012 is supposed to be their big year, not 2007.
Photo by Eros Hoagland for the New York Times